September 27, 2021

Water Crossroads Lake Nojiri Historia

Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park
1-day kayaking with the guide legend, Yoshi

Nature
Culture
Activity
From 17,300 JPY per person

RECOMMENDED FOR:

Small Groups

TOUR DURATION:

About 6.5 Hours

Nojiri Kayaking

STORY

Visitors to Lake Nojiri, located in the Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park, are rewarded with beautiful views of Mt. Kurohime, Mt. Myoko, Mt. Madarao, and almost fifty large and small capes and coves around its circumference. This area is the site where the fossilised remains of “Naumann's elephants” were discovered - an archaeological dig that uncovered the hunting grounds of local inhabitants from 40,000 years ago. Since ancient times, the lake has been the source of the “blessing of water” to animals and farmers of the area. On this “blessing of water” kayaking tour of Nojiri, you will be guided by an experienced legend in the Japanese outdoor community - Yoshi - who has lived in the area for about 50 years. This action-packed tour includes a visit to an island with a shrine dedicated to water worshipping, and the inlets and outlets of the local irrigation canals dating back to the 1600s.

HIGHLIGHTS

► A unique program designed and guided by Yoshi, a legend in the Japanese outdoor community.
► More than just paddling a kayak, this tour to many spots is an adventure!
► Cook your lunch, made from local ingredients, outdoors on the island.

Who is Yoshi?

Full name: Yoshiwara Yoshikatsu. Born in 1948. As an elementary school student, Yoshi fell in love with the outdoors and started to enjoy activities such as searching for sansei (edible wild plants), canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and skiing. At the age of 25 he moved to Lake Nojiri, and at 26 became a professional skier. In the 1970s, he opened Japan’s first outdoor school. After that he opened a guesthouse where he continues to offer various outdoor activities. His interests, including onsen, delicious food and alcohol, and driving, take him all over Japan and the world.

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

◉ Guide fee (English language)
◉ Rental fees (wear, kayak, paddles, P.F.D, spray skirt)
◉ Lunch
◉ Warm shower

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

◯ Transportation to/from the meeting point
◯ Insurance (please purchase travel insurance in your own country).
◯ Anything else not specified. (The bank transaction fee shall be covered by the customer.)

SEASON:

Mid-May~Early-November

LANGUAGE SUPPORT:

English

PARTICIPANTS:

Min: 5       Max: 15

FITNESS LEVEL:

You will spend a long time in the kayak, so a certain level of physical fitness is required.

SKILL LEVEL:

Yoshi is an experienced instructor who will help you with all the equipment and techniques, so even beginners can enjoy this activity.

START/END TIME:

9:00/15:30

AGE/HEIGHT:

10 yrs and above
(7-9 yrs requires written permission or accompaniment by a parent)

PRICE PER PERSON:

17,300 JPY

BOOKING:

30 days in advance

ACCESS (Start)

Guesthouse LAMP Nojiriko
10 minutes by taxi from Kurohime Station on the Shinano Railway Kita Shinano Line

ACCESS (Finish)

Guesthouse LAMP Nojiriko
10 minutes by taxi from Kurohime Station on the Shinano Railway Kita Shinano Line

NOTE

From Kurohime Station there is regular scheduled pickup by car from Guesthouse LAMP Nojiriko. Please consult for details.

PARKING:

Available

ITINERARY

TIME CONTENT
9:00
Meet at Guesthouse LAMP Nojiriko
9:00~9:30
Briefing and prep
9:30~11:00
Kayaking Part 1: Visit waterways our ancestors built!
Denkuro Water Intake~Mito-guchi Water Gate
11:00~12:00
Kayaking Part 2: Cross Lake Nojiri! Land on an island!
Benten-jima Island~Sunama-ga-saki Cape
12:00~14:00
Lunch: Cook with local ingredients
14:00~15:00
Kayaking Part 3: The return
Sunama-ga-saki Cape~Guesthouse LAMP
15:30
Finish at Guesthouse LAMP Nojiriko

PHOTO GALLERY

Clothing/What to bring

► Swimwear
► Cold protection
► Drink (more than1 litre)
► Towel
► Sunglasses
► Hat
► Gloves
► Change of clothes
► Sun protection

Cancelation by the participant

► 5 to 7 days prior 20%
► 2 to 4 days prior 30%
► day before 50%
► Same day/No show 100%

Cancelation by provider

► The content of the tour may change based on the weather or customer’s condition. In the extreme case the weather or other conditions create an unsafe environment, the tour may be stopped or cancelled.
► There are times when the guide may determine the the tour be canceled or stopped in the case that it would be unsafe for the customer, such as sudden bad weather or feeling sick during the tour. If the tour is cancelled before departure, a 100% refund will be provided.
► Partial refunds will not be given in the case the participant joins late or leaves early.

Other

► There are times when activities are filmed by Guesthouse LAMP. These videos and photographs may be used on their website, in pamphlets, documents, or other media to introduce the activities. By participating, you acknowledge and accept the use of the above. If you do not wish to be filmed, please let us know in advance. LAMP will NOT share any of the above-mentioned to any third parties.
► You may use the Finnish sauna, accommodation and café restaurant of Guesthouse LAMP (addition fees required). Please inquire.

Tour booking/enquiry

This is an enquiry, your booking will be confirmed after we have checked availability and received payment.
You will be sent a payment request via PayPal which you can pay either by PayPal or credit card.

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